Singapore is deploying Spot in a local park on a trial basis to remind visitors to practice safe distancing in the midst of the pandemic.
The Asia Country government had stated Friday that the famous yellow and black canine robotic dog called Spot, created by BostonDynamics, would patrol local parks and streets announcing a pre-recorded message on the importance of practicing social distancing.
The yellow-and-black robot will also be outfitted with cameras with analytic capabilities to estimate the number of visitors in the park, according to Singapore’s Government Technology Agency. However, the cameras will not be able to track or recognize specific individuals and no personal data will be collected, the agency said.
“Unlike wheeled robots, Spot works well across different terrains and can navigate obstacles effectively, making it ideal for operation in public parks and gardens,” it noted.
Spot will be controlled remotely to minimize exposure to the coronavirus between people in the park, though the semi-autonomous robot — which can perform tasks on auto-pilot — will be accompanied by at least one park employee during the two-week trial period.
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Don't be surprised if you see a 4-legged robot patrolling in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Called Spot, the robot will be broadcasting a recorded message reminding park visitors to observe safe distancing measures. Don't worry about bumping into Spot as it is fitted with safety sensors to detect objects and people within 1m to avoid collision. Robots can observe safe distancing too! 🎥: Gin Tay #cybark #robot #coronavirus #covid19 #StraitsTimes #SGUnited #StayHome #circuitbreaker
While the robot uses sensors to detect objects in its path, government officials have posted signs asking park visitors “not to disrupt it.”
If the pilot if successful, Singapore says they will consider deploying Spot at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and other parks during the morning and evening peak hours. The Singaporean government says they are also experimenting with Spot to deliver medicine to COVID-19 patients at a local field hospital.